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Monthly Archives: September, 2017

TO A MORE APPROPRIATE KINGDOM, THIS TRULY COULDN’T HAPPEN

A TEXTBOOK is being withdrawn from Saudi Arabian schools because it contains a photo of the late King Faisal, a Saudi prince at the time, signing the UN Charter in … Continue reading

September 23, 2017 · 2 Comments

ON THE KINGDOM OF NAMBY-PAMBY

I OFFER today’s SimanaitisSays as amelioration of the U.S. President’s U.N. covfefeing of two African nations, Namibia and Zambia, into “Nambia.” Nambia? I researched this illusive place. The earlier kingdom … Continue reading

September 22, 2017 · 1 Comment

ČAPEK’S ROBOTS

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE is a controversial topic these days. Will its advancement be to mankind’s good or detriment? Czech author Karel Čapek’s play R.U.R. predicted the latter in 1920, though, in … Continue reading

September 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

COMPARATIVE MENDACITY 101

THE ENGLISH language is so amply endowed that there’s comparative mendacity. I never thought of this scale of dishonesty until I looked up “to equivocate,” the next in my ever-expanding … Continue reading

September 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

BEL CANTO POP!

PACIFIC OPERA Project’s production of Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor was great! This Los Angeles-based opera company, known affectionately as POP, has even made a Bel Canto lover of me. … Continue reading

September 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

DECEPTION, TO DECEIVE, TO BE DECEPTIVE

TODAY I add the word “deceptive” to my etymological thoughts on useful political descriptors. Recent pronouncements concerning Charlottesville, tax reform, dreamers, not to forget continuing компромат, bring the word “deceptive”and … Continue reading

September 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

A FAVORITE CUISINE, BACK IN 1919

MAYBE IT was yesterday’s intelligent octopus talk here that got me thinking about a favorite cuisine. On the other hand, learning more about this octopod also got me thinking about … Continue reading

September 15, 2017 · Leave a comment